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UCD, Dublin Lions Club and Dublin Simon Community are delighted that Hope Fest 2021 will take place again this year, for the fourth consecutive year, on Saturday 18 September. Hope Fest 2021 will involve catering and treats provided and delivered to Dublin Simon service centres with over 300 guests, care packages to be distributed to all guests including warm items of clothing for the winter season, a large 'Hope' poster for guests to decorate throughout the day and live music streamed via YouTube.
Hope Fest is an annual wellness and music event for those experiencing homelessness in Dublin City, the first of its kind in Ireland. It is a collaboration between two community organisations, the Dublin Lions Club and Dublin Simon Community, and staff and students from University College Dublin (UCD).
Hope Fest began in May 2018 after the need was identified for a summer event for clients of Dublin’s homeless services. This event would not only offer a hot meal, but would also provide wellness services, music, entertainment, and a welcomed break from the norm. Chiropody, hairdressing, mindfulness, massage, and beauty therapy were all part of the services offered, while musicians provided entertainment and guests were provided with a hot meal.
This event challenges the stigma associated with homelessness and looks at how the isolation and loneliness that is experienced by the homeless community can be addressed through collaboration, integration, and community spirit.
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